UK: Limits on employers’ ability to monitor private communications

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) ruling in Barbulescu v Romania (61496/08) is a timely reminder of the limits of employers’ ability to monitor their employees’ private activity on work IT systems. The case concerned an employee’s personal use of a Yahoo Messenger account set up at the employer’s request … Read more

Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection law

On 3 July 2017 the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO“) determined that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust (the “Trust“) had breached the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”) when it provided patient details to Google’s DeepMind. The Trust provided personal data of approximately 1.6 million patients to Google’s Deep Mind as part of clinical safety … Read more

SWIFT publishes mandatory controls for customers

In April 2017, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) published a final version of its Customer Security Controls Framework (the “Framework“), as part of its Customer Security Programme which launched in June 2016. SWIFT is a messaging network that allows more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations to securely send information and instructions … Read more

New Mirai based malware variants – BrickerBot and a Bitcoin miner

The Mirai malware gained its infamy in October 2016 following its record breaking attack on systems operated by domain name system provider Dyn, using unsecured Internet of Things (“IoT“) enabled “smart” devices (such as CCTV recorders, webcams and routers). It resulted in the widely reported outage of Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and Airbnb, amongst others. Mirai … Read more

Driverless cars, drones and DNA: How to build trust in the data age

‘Trust and transparency’ is the theme of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week (15-19 May 2017). This is an annual event held since 2006 to raise awareness across the Asia-Pacific region of the importance of protecting personal information. While ‘trust’ and ‘transparency’ may sound like fuzzy concepts, particularly in a legal context, they are increasingly underpinning … Read more